One of the biggest nightmares for homeowners is to have a shower stopped working. Many people would say that they can get by without showering for a day or maybe two. But when it pushes past a couple of days, the hair gets greasy, the body starts to smell, and the eyes of everyone at work, in the grocery store, or wherever else start to follow that person along with a scrunched up nose.
Luckily there are steps homeowners can take to make sure they never have to experience a malfunctioning shower ever again! First and foremost, make sure that the water bill has been paid. If the bill is late or short, this is a guarantee that the water will stop working in the entire house, not just the shower. Once the bill is paid, here are a few prevention steps a homeowner can take.
Bathroom Plumbing Ecosystem
The ecosystem of bathroom plumbing is complex. There are so many different moving parts and components, yet everything is connected. Of course, it doesn’t look like the toilet, the shower, and the sink are connected.
They appear as completely separate entities. However, when the walls and the floors are pulled back, it’s clear to see that they are, in fact, connected. Everything has its own pipe to start.
The toilet has the largest drain and pipe (for obvious reasons), and the shower and sink also have their own drains and pipes. But not too far down the line, those pipes connect. They combine into one larger pipe that eventually leads to the main sewer line beneath the home.
Clean Showerheads Are Key
When people think of plumbing clogs, they are often assumed to occur because something was washed or flushed down a drain that wasn’t supposed to go down the drain.
But how does a showerhead get clogged if nothing gets washed down it? Mineral deposits from the water will start to build up over time and cause one, or more, of many problems.
Mineral deposit buildup can cause:
- Low water pressure
- Water to spray in all directions
- A complete clog to the point that no water comes out
- All of these reactions are a sign that the showerhead is clogged and needs to be cleaned.
Resolving Leaking Pipes
Leaking pipes are a homeowner’s dream. Just kidding! They are one of the biggest culprits of many plumbing problems, including a malfunctioning shower. When the inner pipes start leaking, this can lower the water pressure and cause a malfunctioning shower.
Of course, the pipes are not visible from just looking at the shower, which makes this problem tougher for a homeowner to identify. Therefore, homeowners should use the process of elimination. First, check that the showerhead is clean and not clogged.
As mentioned, this is one of the biggest causes of a malfunctioning shower. Also, check that the flow valves (typically located under the sink) are working and are in the open position. If these checks don’t identify the source of the problem, it’s likely a leaking pipe that needs to be resolved by a professional plumber.
About Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters
At Affordable Plumbing, Rooter and Water Heaters, their priority is solving the customer’s problem, and they always take the time to learn the customer’s concerns to make sure they receive the best solution from bathroom plumbing issues to commercial plumbing results. Their technicians have years of experience to back up their friendly service.